Creation: The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

We worship God because He created us.  We do not exist by choice.  None of us made prenatal decisions about our birth date, birth place or birth family.  Creation is not the result of “lucky mud.”  We are not here by accident, nor do we exist by natural causes.  We owe our existence to the goodness of God.  The universe and everything in it exists because God wanted it to.  Because it gave Him great pleasure to create.  With an exclamation he called it “very good!”

When the psalmist observed the grandeur of the universe he exclaimed, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”  (Psalm 19:1)  And when he compared himself to the vastness of creation he thought out loud, “…what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:4)  And again, in the Old Testament worship manual for the Israelites, the psalmist gives glory to God as he prayerfully considers, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:14)

The Westminster Shorter Catechism sums it up nicely:  Question #1: “What is the chief end of man?”  Answer: To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”  Why would we want to glorify God?  For starters, because He made us, we are therefore not our own.  We belong to Him.  And His ways are not burdensome.  To know Him is to know true joy and happiness.  The psalmist declares, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  (Psalm 37:4)

Our refusal of our Creator God has caused us to delight in other things.  Only by returning to Him can we find the joy that God intended for His creation. The scene at the end of the Bible in the book of Revelation is one of blessedness and happiness for those who have, by God’s grace, returned to their Creator and Redeemer.  He alone is worthy of our praise!